Nuclear Power - Statistics & Facts

Nuclear Power - Statistics & Facts

Statistics and Facts about Nuclear Power Worldwide

Even more than four years after the 2011 nuclear disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi plant, nuclear power continues to be a vital source of energy. Worldwide generation of nuclear energy is expected to grow from around 2.6 billion kilowatt hours in 2008 to about 5.5 billion kilowatt hours in 2040. In 1954, the first nuclear power plant came online in the Russian city of Obninsk. In 2013, there were 434 nuclear power reactors in operation globally. As a result of increased energy demand, China is on the cusp of becoming an important player in the field of nuclear electricity generation. China produced just under 100 terawatt hours of nuclear power in 2013. That year, there were 21 nuclear reactors in operation in China and 28 under construction; as of April 2014, the country plans to build an additional 57 nuclear reactors. The United States is the largest nuclear power generating country in the world, accounting for almost one third of the world’s nuclear electricity generation. As a consequence, the United States also produces the most nuclear waste globally; the nation generates around 2,800 tons of nuclear waste per annum.

French utility company EDF (Electricité de France) is the world's largest operator of nuclear reactors. With a market value of around 45.7 billion U.S. dollars, the Paris-based firm was ranked among the world’s largest electric utilities as of March 15, 2013.

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